10 days in Province of Guanacaste, Puerto Limon & San Jose Itinerary

10 days in Province of Guanacaste, Puerto Limon & San Jose Itinerary

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10 days in Province of Guanacaste, Puerto Limon & San Jose Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Puerto Limon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Nosara
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll get in some beach time at Potrero Beach and Playa Avellana. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Lydia Beech Art. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo--about 30 minutes away. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo vacation planner.

Newark, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in June; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 90°F and lows reach 74°F. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Potrero Beach
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
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2
nights
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Tortuguero Canal and then identify plant and animal life at Veragua Rainforest Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Limon road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tamarindo to Puerto Limon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Tamarindo in July, expect nights in Puerto Limon to be about the same, around 74°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Tortuguero Canal ©
Tortuguero Canal

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 5th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Ave, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Puerto Limon to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Limon in July: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 79°F and lows are around 68°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nosara.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Zoo Ave, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum
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Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave
Ruinas de Ujarras ©
Ruinas de Ujarras

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
On the 8th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and finally take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nosara tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Jose to Nosara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Jose in July, things will get a bit warmer in Nosara: highs are around 91°F and lows about 74°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nosara

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Spas
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Spas & Wellness

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